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Resource | Nutrition Education

HEI Scores for Americans

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) uses the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) to provide a data-driven understanding of diet quality in the United States over time. The HEI-2015 can be used to see how well the diets of Americans align with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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How We Use the HEI

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) uses the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) to provide a data-driven understanding of diet quality in the United States over time. The HEI-2015 can be used to see how well the diets of Americans align with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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How the HEI Is Scored

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) uses the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) to provide a data-driven understanding of diet quality in the United States over time. The HEI-2015 can be used to see how well the diets of Americans align with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Resource | Nutrition Education

Healthy Eating Index

The Healthy Eating Index (HEI) is a measure of diet quality used to assess how well a set of foods aligns with key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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HEI Resources

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) uses the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) to provide a data-driven understanding of diet quality in the United States over time. The HEI-2015 can be used to see how well the diets of Americans align with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Over 900 scientific papers and federal reports using the HEI have been published since 2008 when the HEI-2005 was released. Published papers include analyses using the original HEI, HEI-2005, HEI-2010, and HEI-2015. The articles listed here are limited to federally authored papers and reports, particularly those related to the update and evaluation of the tool.

Resource | Infographic Set

FDPIR Infographics

This trio of infographics shares key data points about FDPIR. Learn how many households include children or elderly members, how the FDPIR food package compares to the average American diet, how nutrition education is changing the ways program participants cook and eat, and more!

Resource | Webinars/Videos

SNMCS Webinar Series - Meeting the Updated Nutrition Standards and the Nutritional Quality of School Lunches

The findings described in this webinar are based on two analyses. One that estimated the percentage of daily and weekly lunch menus that met the updated nutrition standards, and another that examined the nutritional quality of the lunches using the Healthy Eating Index-2010.

Resource | Report

Healthy Eating Index (HEI) Reports

The Healthy Eating Index (HEI) is a measure of diet quality used to assess how well a set of foods aligns with key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is designed for nutrition and health professionals to help individuals (ages 2 years and older) and families to consume a healthful and nutritionally adequate diet.

Resource | Data

CNPP Data